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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,107 Reviews

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

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Photo of Rippeddisc
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A Amber/brown, auburn. No head.

S - warm raisin bread. yum. cherries, chocolate?

T/M - flavor explosion. perfectly well balanced malt. not overly sweet but it's still a dobblelbock, so it's there.

O - def could have gone for some frothy head on this, but maybe it's aged a bit...however the flavor profile is exactly what you want out of a doppelbock. noms

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Photo of Oopssorryy
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light Tan head, thick and creamy that slowly settled down to a nice thin cap. Body is a beautiful golden amber, with a bit of carbonation rising up to the top long after the pour. Excellent lacing, spider webbing it's way down the glass.. Sweet scent, floral, and fruit coming through. My god these flavors. Dark fruits dominate the beginning of the beer with a tightly controlled sweetness, balanced well with a earthy bitterness. There is some spicy qualities in the middle of the beer that helps cut the slight alcohol flavor you get in the middle. The beer finishes strong, lots of malt and a fantastic bready flavor. The beer is full bodied, and has a nice thick mouth feel. Medium carbonation, could be lighter, but overall a fantastic beer. One of my absolute favorites yet.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mahogany color throughout, no light, bordered by rose copper, thin head, no visible carbonation.

S: Dark cherry and plum, slight raspberry, bready at times, roasted malt.

T: Dark cherry throughout, biscuity notes, caramel and toffee hints when I smack my lips and separate my tongue from the roof of mouth.

M: Medium full body, very smooth, slightly creamy, carbonation balance, alcohol lingers and warming accumulates but both slowly fade away leaving a clean mouth.

O: Very inviting look, dark fruit scent/taste, great warming sensation for cold weather, very smooth. Very proud to live in Pennsylvania.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Troegenator opens rich and malty, huge notes of baking bread and yeasty dough rising immediately, joined by toast crust and biscuit. Heavy dollops of brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and chocolate add a sugary kick, and orange, fig, prune, and berry fruit esters add complexity to the sweetness. A light grapefruit and pine presence tells of a good hop counter. The aromas do fade after a bit, but enough are still left to be enticing. As a whole, the initial aromas in here are excellent, begging to be savored, and are present in good enough strength, complexity, and balance to suggest a well-made brew.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a sugar blast, orange, berry, prune, fig, and white grape notes dancing across the tongue, joined by brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. The super-sweetness is balanced mildly by some touches of kola nut and toasted pecan, as well as toast crust and biscuit, and a light grapefruit and pine hop counter. But sugars are by far the dominant flavor, continuing throughout the mouthful and even into the aftertaste, which, while presenting a stronger bread note, still contains excellent fruit and berry sugars, as well as a slightly larger bitter hop presence. Mouthfeel is a smooth, syrupy medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent double bock, full of fantastic sugar, fruit, and bread notes. If cereal tasted this good, I doubt I’d ever eat anything else. There is a slight alcohol vapor in the aftertaste--the only place I could detect the 8.2% ABV in distracting strength--but otherwise this is a great brew. Worth trying.

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Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark ruby amber with a thin, off white head

S - lager yeast, caramel, sugar

T - sugar, caramel, sweet, yeast

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really nice doppelbock. It has a rich, deep, sweet malt character and a complex overall flavor. This was enjoyable throughout. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Zephenbrewid
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into 16 oz nonic pint glass

A - Transparent dark reddish gold coloration with moderate apparent carbonation, off-white head which disappeared quick but stuck around in another type of glass, so I'll rule this satisfactory

S - Very sweet, almost candylike, and surprisingly didn't pick up on much alcohol scent

T - Pretty spot on, nice and malty, again malts really help subdue the alcohol content, I didnt detect any fruity or chocolatey flavors

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation as noted earlier, nice and smooth

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Photo of mgp80
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a very nourishing, smooth-drinking beer with a lot of sweetness, even for the style. It's packed with bready, almost doughy flavors and lots of date/raisin. Tartness and cereal is a little milder than with some doppelbocks. Alcohol is almost completely hidden. Feels like drinking raisin bread.

There are more complex, balanced doppelbock's out there, but this is a delicious malt bomb and a gem for the price and availability.

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Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Fresh and dried figs, malty breadiness, some caramel sweetness.

L: Clear dark red, light tan head that dissipates, solid lacing.

T: Dark fruit sweetness followed by slight breadiness. Slightly spicy and woody bitterness leads to some dry fruit dryness. Fairly clean finish, semi-sweet.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation.

Excellent doppelbock, one of the best in the states. A very bold fruity component, no doubt from the amount of munich malt. Fantastic.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After spending over a year in my cellar, my wife and I decided to split this bottle tonight. Served at cellar temperature in a glass mug. The beer is a brownish liquid with some copper highlights. A few fingers of tan foam has settled to a modest level. Some film and lacing is left behind.

The beer has a roasted malt aroma. I cam smell some cherry juice, molasses, and oak.

The beer has a robust, woodsy malt flavor. A touch of fruit juice is present. A brown sugar sweetness appears at the finish and lingers on, along with a kiss of alcohol.

The beer is a bit sticky and leaves a cool film in my mouth. Neither is much of a surprise, considering the ABV. It has a heavy body and low carbonation.

This beer drinks very easily. I would to see this on tap somewhere, so I could enjoy more than the 11 ounces I have here.

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Photo of steelreign
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am admittedly, a dopplebock fan. And this one is, although different, a very fine example. As mentioned in several other reviews, this beer does not have the overly viscous mouthfeel nor the sticky sweet finish that other DB's have, but it more than makes up for it with the malt hammer of flavor! Fruit and crystal malts predominate, and the carbonation is just a tad more than I would have expected. All in all, a great session beer (if you don't mind the 8% + ABV) and one that you should seek out if you're in PA. or wherever it is distributed.

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Photo of sommersb
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 02-04-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Dogfish Head signature glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance: Color was a dark amber, almost brown, and clear. The head was tan, a couple of fingers high. Low retention with a fair amount of lace.

Smell: Big malt aromas, highlighted by caramel and sweet notes. Also aromas of raisins, molasses, brown sugar and spices.

Taste: Powerful malt bomb here, with strong sweet caramel flavors, dark over-ripe fruits, spices, and a little citrus, like oranges.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Smooth with a pleasant warmness from the alcohol. Finishes malty sweet with lingering spices.

Overall: I really like this, my first taste from Tröegs. Really need to seek out some more of their beers now!

Thanks to DrewShal9 for this one!

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Photo of DIM
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, dark brown color. It poured with a large, lightly sticky bone white cap.

s: Toasted grains, hints of fruit, light toffee, and just of touch of earthy hops.

t: Massively malty, dry and toasty though, not very sweet. I also found some toffee and fig-like fruit. The finish added light bitterness.

m: Medium body with just a little chalkiness.

o: An awesome dopplebock prduced close by at great price. This is a frequent purchase for me.

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Photo of drseamus
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber red with a decent off white head.

S: Sweet caramel malt with notes of brown sugar. Very good aroma.

T: Nice clean malt sweetness with a touch of dark caramel. A note of dark fruits.

M: Nice and creamy. Great body for a dopplebock.

D: This is one hell of a dopplebock. It was aged about a year and just came together great.

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Photo of zornbeast
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from Troeges to date. Nice strong sweet aroma that melds well with the hop profile. More drinkable than some other Doublebocks i've had, hides the abv pretty well. Nice dark ambor color. A bit on the sweeter side for mouthfeel but very enjoyable, definately worth a try!~

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Photo of djkman
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep Amber brown.
Smell is sweet and malty.
Taste : like beer you have for desert instead of desert. To me this is liquid dessert.
You don't smell the alcohol in it unlike a strong IPA. Or like the mad elf which you can smell the alcohol a mile away. (That's not a bad thing time, I love the mad elf. Look forward to it every year now)
Overall it's my list for the fall.
A good beer for the fall season. Warms me up.
That's my review

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed Troeg's doppelbock offering. It is one of the better American DBocks that I've tried.

The taste was a nice mixture of sweet malt and molasses. It had a nice amount of carbonation and the mouthfeel was thick. A slight hop bitterness came into play near the finish, but it proved to balance out nicely. I was left with a semi-sweet molasses flavor that lasted a long time. Very nice brew indeed.

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Photo of Beerislife652854
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the Owl Bar in Mount Vernon, Baltimore.

A - Dark opaque, fine head, medium lacing.

S - Florals, hops.

T - Little malt, many hops, not sweet, not bitter.

M - Slight carbonation.

D - You betcha.

A very good beer. A strong beer, yes, but there is no harsh alcohol taste or smell.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks merlin48! This beer pours a clean, ambered red color with a small coating of head over the liquid. The nose is caramel and nutty roasted in nature. I like it. The flavor is nice, with a prevalent caramel sweetness laying heavily over a roasted nuttyness. Very nice. I like the balance in the flavors. The feel is thick, with minimal carbonation. I find this beer to be very easy drinking. The flavors are really nice together. Good show.

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Photo of pvsob
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light brown color with a good inch and a half head (off-white). Head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin film with little lacing.

S - Sweet brown sugar, raisins/figs/dates/, and chocolate. A nice hint of Hallertau hops mixed with bready malts. No alcohol aroma was present.

T - Starts off with sweet malt and a little chocolate/dark fruit flavor. It then transitions into a small hint of alcohol, but quickly fades into a nice mixture of hop and malt in the end. Finish is medium to long.

M - Medium to full, but not that sticky. It had just the right amount of carbonation.

D/O - Another great offering from the Bros at Tröegs. I will definitely be drinking more of this in the future. Cheers!

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Photo of ckollias
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: This beer pours a cloudy mahogany in color. Head is off-white in color and about 1-finger in size. The head quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Typically mellow Dobble bock lager smell of sweetness and caramel.

T: Sweet Malt and caramel cross the palate with each sip. Good malt background and toasted grainy malts. Alcohol is present but masked by the sweetness of this brew.

M: Medium body and low carbonation

O: Awesome Doppelbock. A nice sipping beer @ 8.25 % alcohol by volume. I’m liking this brewery more and more.

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Photo of Bierfreund
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the other Bealtainne beer my wife chose to serve on our Holiday Feast. Thanks to the NEPA beer club (founded by BA member number1bum) we got this brew among others in last week's beer trade.

We had started the evening with Stoudt's Blonde Double Maibock, and this Troegenator was our dessert, kind of.

Pours dark red into glass mug, tan head desolves fast, leaving a thin lacing.

This beer has got a definate smell, kind of metallic.

Very pronounced sting on the first taste, which is NOT caused by carbonation (because that is low), it must be the alcohol hitting (8,2% Vol.).

Sweets nuances are coming through, my wife says "dates and plums".
Sweet aftertaste lingers.

Prickly mouthfeel, creaminess hides under the sting.

Just like the previous Non-German Maibock of the night, we are impressed. This is definately a worthy brew.

The name ending on "...-ator" already gave away what the brewers tried to achieve. They want to play in the same league with the bavarian monks' breweries who invented this kind of lent beer in previous centuries (to get a LIQUID nutritious meal while oficially fasting!).
And you know what?
Let the Troeg Brothers play, they can do it!

Certainly not completely perfect, but this is a very good Doppelbock indeed!

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Dark ruby/chestnut with a full two finger head.

S- Deep caaramel aromas with a hint of roasted grain and chocolate.

T- Sweet complex caramel malts dominate and are offset by a subdued roast character which itself barely hides the noble hop pressence at about mid point. Very slight alcohol is detectable in the smooth finish.

M- Full bodied, rich and smooth.

D- I should of asked for more of this.

This just might be the best Dopplebock this side of the pond.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Charlie Brown's in Harrisburg the day before Easter-Thanks Grandma!
Served chilled in a standard pint glass

A - Deep bronze almost burgundy w/ a 1/2 inch medium whipped tan head. The cap falls to a film, the beer has good clarity and thick lace adheres

S - Mild roasted malt, dates and dark bread w/ walnuts and mild woodiness of hops makes the aroma inviting and balanced

M- A mix of caramel, toast and spice textures w/ an appropriate moderate carbonation level. The maltiness is full and the feel is round but the db finishes dry and clean

T - A great malt flavor-toffee, and dates like in the aroma w/ a spicy herbal hop flavor and almond like sweet taste. The malt is full w/ dry notes of fresh raisin and mild pepper. The taste has plenty of dark toast flavor w/ mildly woody and slight caramel type sweetness

D - I must admit this is one of my favorite db's and it doesn't dissapoint on tap w/ an all around great drinkability for such a big beer. very spicy for the style, but suits me fine and went well with my chipotle chicken pita and sweet potato fries

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Photo of kbub6f
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is dense and cream-colored. It dies filmy. Very nice color to the beer: a clear, red-brown. Spots of all sizes lace the glass. Aroma is quite peanutty. Nutty, fruity, bubblegummy up front. The middle is a thick, caramel malt; sweet; nice butter. Finish is nutty, fresh, bitter, grassy, corny. A very nice, tasty, full, rich, fruity, nutty, bubblegummy beer. Quite buttery and milky. Delicious: what I'm looking for when I pop a doppel.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (labeled 091009) into a Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass. Beer is clear and brown, forms a big head of medium yellow / brown bubbles that falls away quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation low to moderate.

Aroma is subtle but smells like wonderful wonderful malt.

Beer is super smooth, wonderful. Malt sweetness, nice medium to full body. No harsh flavors or solvents. Finishes nicely, has some dryness on the backend. Drinkability high.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,140 ratings.
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